On Silence

My view from the milk stool is on how I haven’t said much in the past few weeks. There’s been a lot of reasons for that. The biggest reason I think is because I’ve simply felt overwhelmed – by the circumstances of my job, the weather, and current news.

As I sit here today (Saturday), with only about 15 minutes to write before a visitor arrives, I’m thinking about the next chapter in my life. I start my journey as a graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University. I’ll be pursuing a MFA in Creative Writing. “Pursuing” is a very good term. It’s scaring the crap out of me. There was an online orientation held on Thursday and several of the speakers mentioned how hard it would be.

The weather: every year we’re in the same situation – it’s hot and while we got some rain last week, rain hasn’t been regular. The heat, which is common in the south, and the lack of rain is nothing compared to what the weather is like elsewhere which is concerning. Climate change is real people. It’s unfortunate more people didn’t see it that way.

My job – well, we won’t even talk about that now except to say that I’m blessed to be in a position where my writing and photography is viewed by thousands of people on a weekly basis. That’s what I need to focus on – not the rest of the crap that’s going on.

Katie – the dog that Wally McSwain and I bought, what almost a year ago now. I shared a video a while back of using her to move goats. That didn’t last because it was stressing out my milking does and I don’t want to do that. I’m hoping to start to do other things with Katie-Did and maybe make a series – what did Katie do today? That’ll certainly make for a fantastical series. It’s taken a long time to find a dog who will fill even half of Gel’s four shoes and I do believe Katie fits the bill.

So, the writing will become more regular because I’m going to have to do it now. That’s a good thing. I consider myself a disciplined person, but I’m not so sure I really am.

Until later …